Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling - Cistus Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery

After visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden, we headed over to Cistus Nursery and Joy Creek Nursery. I've always wanted to go to Cistus so I was very excited, practically pushing people out of the way to get off the bus when we arrived. We only had an hour at Cistus, which really wasn't enough time (grumble grumble) for me to look at the plants for sale and to check out the gardens. By the time I'd selected my purchases it was time to go so I don't have many photos of the garden. I was trying to photograph on my way out as danger garden was (politely) yelling at me to get back on the bus. 

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By the way it was pretty hot out. This poor doggie in his heavy fur coat managed to find the shadiest, dampest spot he could. 

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They have a fun system at the nursery that helps you locate fragrant plants. 

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I picked up a younger version of this wide-leaved fern. It's doing just fine with my rather forgetful watering. 

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This was a pretty nifty Acanthus I'd not seen before. A little too prickly to take home on the plane though. And this giant duck I did not notice until I was leaving the nursery. I must have had my nose stuck down in the plants the whole time. 

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I need this for my house. 

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After Cistus we headed over to Joy Creek. We had more time at Joy Creek since we were also having lunch and presentations here. The gardens were lovely. I'm glad I had time to roam. 

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Of course a lot of the gardens are used as growing grounds for material for propagation. 

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Kate Walz of Gardening and Gardens perfectly matched one of the fuchsias. 

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There was lots of drama too (thankfully just by the plants).

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I loved this Viburnum. Anyone know which one it is? 

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The shopping area was over by a neat, big ol' barn. 

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Next we'll head on over to Old Germantown Gardens and then end the day at Westwind Farm Studio. See you soon. 

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous images of both nurseries. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Yelling? Me? Glad your priorities were in order. Buy plants first, take photos second.

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  3. They are both wonderful nurseries and I admit to being terribly envious. Love the photos.

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  4. hehe - Nice picture of me at Cistus! I looks so thoughtful.

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  5. Wonderful photos of JC. I live practically next door, but never tire of visiting and almost always see something new.

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  6. I love your view and images of these gardens. Beautiful!

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  7. Great images reminding me of those lovely few days. Back when it was warm and sunny... -Kate

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  8. I enjoyed the most of your invigorating genuineness about not adoring this style of garden and why and your valiant push to discover things you preferred about it.

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